|We would be remiss if we
did not include an article on prostate cancer, not because it is the major cancer suffered
by men, but because millions are spent yearly mutilating persons with it, and for no good
reason. Additionally, it should come as no surprise that cancers that affect male organs,
though rarer than cancers affecting female organs, seem to find cures sooner than the
female ones. In 1995 we learned that someone has just discovered a cure for testicular
cancer, which is very rare compared to cervical or breast cancer. This shouldn't come as a
surprise, because the medical/research/drug industries are in the hands of men, not women.
A lot of this information comes straight from the surgeon's mouth. We talked with a few surgeons, who will remain anonymous, who used to perform some of these radical surgeries, but who now take the "wait and see" approach, which seems to be the best route for the patient.
Removing one's testes, not a happy thought, to some surgeons is not an option, it is demanded. A friend called and told me that her father had had his testes removed because his doctor said it was the only thing they could do. The removal of one's testes is to stop the body from producing androgen (a sex hormone responsible for secondary sex attributes-low voice, chest hair-and seems to promote prostate cancer), but the body will begin producing it again within six months of surgery. The adrenal glands are the culprits. There are drugs to stop the production of androgen as well as those that block androgen receptors. Top
A good conventional alternative to castration is a chemical castration using Lupron injections monthly. This procedure slows the growth of prostate cancer, somewhat, but is not very effective with advanced prostate cancer.
Then there's the full-blown prostatectomy. Sadly, this operation is usually performed on very elderly men, and the odds of them surviving for five years are hardly measurable. Far too many die from the surgery.
Another new and highly hyped method that implants a radioactive "bead" into the prostate now has FDA approval. The company producing this product wanted us to give them lots of promotion, "because it's so safe and effective." We were told by the manufacturers that this procedure is perfectly safe because the size of the bead is determined by the size of the cancer. We asked how long the bead stays in a person's prostate gland, and were told, "For the rest of his life." Top
We did some checking, asking others at the various information centers and treatment centers, as well as physicians who deal with nuclear medicine what they thought of this procedure, and the responses varied from "Yeah, sure, and what of hip and bone cancer from the radiation?" to "For the rest of his life, huh? That shouldn't be very long." One physician of nuclear medicine described for me the procedure, not the actual implantation, but all the protective gear the physicians and nurses wear and the lead lined sheets, and it made us wonder how safe this really is when everybody around him is scared to death of it. And what about the woman he sleeps with? Is she getting zapped each night too?
The physicians we talked to had done their homework. They'd read the studies, the statistics, and concluded that with many prostate cancers, the best thing to do, in most cases, is to ignore it. It is a very slowly growing cancer that oftentimes reverses itself. Screening has been designed to catch prostate cancer early, but statistics show that there has been an increase only in surgeries, and that the death rates have gone neither up nor down. One surgeon told me, it's probably best that you don't know you have it. Top
Yes, the wait and see approach to prostate cancer guarantees a better quality life. But preventing prostate cancer is the best insurance.
Since I am a male over 40 who is interested in health information (those are my statistics according to the demographic people who sell mailing lists), I receive tons of pseudo health junk mail. In addition to trying to cure my supposed impotence (3 to 5 mailings a month), they are very concerned about the care of my prostate (because its degradation leads to impotence). One product we've received information about is a gem. We checked with a few herbalists and they all seem to agree it is a great preventative, the prostate loves it, and the rest of your body even gets a kick from it: Prostata™. It provides protection from cancer and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). Prostata™ is a combination of vitamins, minerals, and herbs (here are a few):
Pygeum Africanum is an anti-inflammatory and lowers levels of cholesterol in the prostate. It has been used widely in Europe for decades, and, according to the accompanying literature, a survey in France where 81% of all prescriptions for BPH are pygeum, and that symptoms ameliorated 95% of the time without surgery. Top
Panax Ginseng seems to increase testosterone levels (that helps zinc absorption) while reducing prostate weight.
Equisetum Arvense and Hydrangea have both been used, and are highly effective, for prostate enlargement and inflammation.
Serenoa Serrulata has been used by naturopaths as a tonic for genito-urinary tract disturbances. In men it increases testicle function and in women it helps mammary gland function. Top
Prostata™ can be found at this web site: http://www.gvi.com/default.asp?tab=home&welcome=yes
We cannot tell you much more about this product other than all the ingredients have been used around the world for prostate problems, and that this product seems to put them all together.
Another product, see below, is Super Beta Prostate. Word has it that this stuff is potent.
As with all degenerative diseases, diet is a key to prevention. Harvard researchers discovered that men who ate 5 or more tomatoes per week had a 40% less risk of developing prostate cancer than those who did not eat tomatoes. [Alternatives, March 1995; 5: 21] Top
Prostate cancer was thought to come from higher levels of testosterone, whereas it actually seems to come from (besides androgen) two compounds created from testosterone. Extracts of saw palmetto berries (Serenoa repens) inhibit testosterone from creating these problem causing compounds. Your extract should be 85% to 95% fatty acids and sterols. [Alternatives, November 1993; 5: 5] Top
For saw palmetto berry extract, you might wish to contact: Enzymatic Therapy, Inc., PO Box 22310, Green Bay, WI 54305, (800) 558-7372. Top
Everyone will tell you that early detection will lead to an early cure, but our surgeons believed that early detection leads to early surgery. If you want to take care of your prostate, take care of all your body, and it will stay healthy. Follow the guidelines we've set out for all immune dysfunctions and cancer and you'll stay well. And don't forget to exercise. Prostate cancer can be found more often in couch potatoes than in those who exercise regularly.
One more point: the prostate needs to be drained, once in a while. The connection between vasectomies and prostate cancer is due to the fact that after a vasectomy, the prostate does not get drained during ejaculation. There you go: ejaculation drains the prostate. (Giving rise to a host of new pickup lines.) Top
We've received a lot of letters from people eating a cup of red raspberries first thing in the morning. They're prostate cancer just keeps shrinking.
Additionally, we've received testimonials from people using Electrolyzed Water (link temporarily out of commission) to alkalize their terrain. At first their PSA shoots up, but then starts to drop and two people have told us that their prostate cancer just vanished.
A prostate cancer vaccine has been developed at Northwest Cancer Foundation, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA. The serum is made from dendritic cells, isolated and cultured from cancer patients' blood, and an antigen that targets cancer tissues of the prostate. Top
B. Tjoa1, S. Erickson1, V. Bowes1, M. J. Salgaller1, P. Lodge1, J. McLean1, H. Ragde1, G. Kenny1, A. Boynton1 and G. Murphy1 "Development of a prostate cancer vaccine using dendritic cells and prostate specific membrane antigen peptides*" Original Release March 26, 1997. Media Contact: Suzi Beerman (206) 368-1645.
PC SPES (We are told that the FDA has banned the sales of this herbal remedy in America. After further research, it seems that this "all natural" product had coumadin, a blood thinner, famous because it is the main ingredient in rat poison.)
Super Beta Prostate
Super Beta Prostate was formulated by research chemist Roger Mason. It contains hundreds more beta-sitosterols than ordinary saw palmetto. Each daily serving consists of 300 mg of pure beta-sitosterol, pharmaceutically graded from plant sources, 35 mcg of selenium and 7.5 mg of zinc. Also included are germanium, copper, manganese, iodine, molybdenum, Vitamin D, silicon, boron, and vanadium.
Super Beta Prostate was formulated to provide you with the maximum beneficial amounts of these nutrients. In order to obtain the same amounts of Beta-sitosterols contained in this formula, you would have to take over a hundred saw palmetto capsules.
Super Beta Prostate is natural; however, If you are taking prescription medication, or you have other concerns, consult your doctor before taking Super Beta Prostate.
We received information on this product from a person using it. He says that it was the first natural product to help reduce his PSA.
Dr Donsbach created this product, and it contains some very interesting and powerful weapons on our battle against prostate cancer (and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy).
Quercetin - The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota tested Quercetin. “Our laboratory results showed quercetin blocks the hormone activity in androgen-responsive human prostate cancer cell lines,” said Nianzeng Xing, a Mayo researcher who presented his findings at the recent meeting in New Orleans of the American Association for Cancer Research. “By blocking the androgen activity, the growth of prostate cancer cells can be prevented or stopped,” he said. “Our study suggests quercetin may be a non-hormonal approach to accomplish that goal.”
Reishi (Ganodema Lucidum) - Long a remedy in Oriental folklore for cancer of all kinds, Reishi contains numerous glycans, three of which have significant anti-tumor activity against sarcoma. Proteins isolated from this herb exhibit immunomodulatory activity.
Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria Baicalensis) - One of the flavonoids, Skullcap contains ingredients which are anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory. Lab results indicate stimulation of apoptosis and antimutagenic activity.
Rabdosia (Rabdosia Rubescens Hara) - Reported to have an anti-cancer function for prostate cancer, as well as, esophageal, liver and breast cancer.
Dyer’s Woad (Isatis Indigotica Fortune) - An ingredient, indirubin, is reported to have anti-neoplastic activity and is widely used in leukemia.
Mum or Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema Morifolium Tzelev) - Studies at Sloan-Kettering have shown that an extract of Chrysanthemum kills cancer cells in a laboratory setting. For prostate cancer, Chinese medicine has used the Chrysanthemum for years. The flavonoid researchers think is responsible for apoptosis (programmed cell death)
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens) - Contains phytoestrogens which lower endogenous androgens in host animals. The lipid/sterol complex inhibits proliferation of benign and cancerous prostate cells.
San-Qi Ginseng (Panax Notoginseng) - Regular use of this herb lowers the incidence of cancer and suppresses proliferation of different tumor types.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra L.) - Known mostly for its anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects, this herb also has specific cytotoxic activity (kills cancer cells).
The product has been clinically tested and we've received three letters praising the formula and the results they've gotten. If you too get good results, we do want to hear from you: Let's Hear From You.
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